The recognition of actions by non-state actors is one of the key outcomes of COP 21. State actors and non-state actors (national Governments, cities, regions and other sub national entities, international organizations, civil society, indigenous peoples, women, youth, academic institutions, as well as businesses) should work as individual entities or in partnerships to accelerate actions – both pre 2020 and afterwards.
Youth as non-state actors
Youth has a very important role in addressing climate change. The future of young people is threatened if there is no immediate significant mitigation and adaptation action being undertaken. However, youth also has high ability to absorb information and to quickly adapt to new technology. As such, they can be leader in the mass movement to take action on climate change.
Since Indonesia is a country vulnerable to climate change, its youth has to put climate change as a high priority issue. Especially as some has experienced the effects including disasters such as floods and drought, crop failure due to extreme weather, clean water supply disruption due to changes in weather patterns, and changes in lifestyle.
To increase climate change awareness followed by actions in addressing climate change, continuous program for youth is a necessity. Accordingly, the Youth for Climate Camp returned to Bali with a focus on developing strategies to minimize carbon footprint and actions on the ground to reduce carbon emissions.
Youth for Climate Camp is collaboration between The Climate Reality Project Indonesia and Youth for Climate Change Indonesia, a forum of communication of more than 1000 alumni of Youth for Climate Camp program that has been held since 2011.
Bali Youth for Climate Camp
Almost 100 university students from all over Bali, Malang, Solo and Yogyakarta attended the second Youth for Climate Camp in Bali, held on 2-3 April 2016.
The participants and camp organizers were fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to inspiring opening remarks by an eminent person, H.E. Ambassador Nurmala Kartini Sjahrir.
Ambassador Kartini who holds a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University, United States, was the Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Argentine Republic, Republic of Paraguay and Oriental Republic of Uruguay. Currently, she is the Advisor for Climate Change to the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Resources.
Dr. Kartini described the global environmental threats faced by human beings including the El Nino and La Nina phenomenon. She challenged students to pay more attention on waste management behavior on the Island of Bali and emphasized how students have to work smart to be able to play a role in unprecedented global scene.
Following Ambassador Kartini’s remarks, The Climate Reality Project Indonesia presented its newest slides based on the Manila training two weeks ago.
Topics discussed during the Bali Youth for Climate Camp include Tourism and Climate Change, Calculating Carbon Foot Prints, and Community Actions in the context of Private Goods and Public Goods.
Divided into 10 small groups students enthusiastically discussed and presented their post camp activities.
The highlight of Bali Youth for Climate Camp was leaning the role of mangroves for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and livelihood support. Site visit to mangrove forests in Kuta area fascinated the students as they trek through a board walk observing the green and rich Indonesian biodiversity.
Planting mangroves while a professional drone hovered above the students was the exciting finale of the Youth for Climate Camp, a real action on the ground.
The mangrove activities were initiated and assisted by Forum Peduli Mangrove Bali (Mangrove Care Forum Bali) that has a vision to revitalize mangrove areas in Bali for a balanced environment in support of government programs in facing the challenges of global warming and climate change.
The UNFCCC recognizes that the world needs leadership on climate change and young people are stepping up to the challenge. It is our hope that Youth for Climate Camp will soon expand into International Youth for Climate Camp involving youth from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It would certainly enhance the knowledge and the experience of young people to work together to create a more sustainable world.
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Manager, The Climate Reality Project Indonesia